I just set one up this weekend...
I too am just starting in SW
...but after the many algae problems I have had with my well water in my 90 gallon FW
...I knew I was going to be in trouble with the SW
if I did not have the RO
system. I will also be using mine for 50:50 changes in my FW
....but 100% in the salt water tank!
I got one from Ebay, Filter Direct Brand, for $89! I was a little leary...so I spent extra and got a TDS
meter....It took my well water from 150ppm to 0 ppm
(yes...zero....when I checked the first batch...it was down to 4ppm..and I was happy...after the second batch....ZERO ppm
I set it up in the corner of the basement...takes up no space...it is out of sight...and I have $89 peice of mind that any algae problems are not from the water! I also can suppy a friend with some (who has been having algae and Cyanobacteria problem) who has been using tap water.
90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches
40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB
(2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.
3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)